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Songs That Pay Tribute To Someone

What songs come to mind that pay tribute to someone? There must be a lot of them out there.

 

I’ll start with this one . . ,

 

Under A Raging Moon - Roger Daltrey 

 

for Keith Moon

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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"Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" - U2

 

Tribute for Michael Hutchence (INXS) 2000 -  Bono was good friends with him.  He wrote this as a tribute to Michael. (Michael committed suicide in 1997 ) Written like a discussion/argument he wished he could have had with him.

 

U2 video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-BT2yzXP8w 

 

Live concert video duet with Mich Jagger - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml4DFsnxNkE  2009

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Something To Believe In - Poison

 

Bret Michaels wrote this song upon learning that his good friend and bodyguard, Kimo, had been found dead in his Palm Springs hotel room on Christmas Eve 1989. The song was dedicated to him, and is considered one of Poison’s best songs. There is also a verse about his cousin, Bob, who was a Viet Nam veteran.

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin - Ayreon 

 

There is an interesting story behind the song written by Dutch composer, Arjen Lucassen. The four bands referenced in the title were his heroes.

https://norselandsrock.com/pink-beatles-purple-zeppelin-arjen-anthony-lucassen/

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Here today, Sir Paul

Tribute to John, written after his death

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(Not R&R and a probable repeat, but it's all I've got)

 

Hillbilly Heaven:  Tex Ritter  

 

Tex mentions Hank Williams, Johnny Horton, Jimmie Rodgers and a host of others, up there in hillbilly heaven.

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@1968Hoya46  - I remember that song from school mornings playing on the local radio. I thought it was really sad. Nice pick, not a repeat.

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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"Tears of a Clown" - Iron Maiden (2015) About Robin Williams

 

 

 

 

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Glenn Song  &

I Knew You When 

 

Written and recorded by Bob Seger for his long time friend, Glenn Frey.

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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No One But You (Only the Good Die Young) - Queen

 

Written and performed as a tribute to Freddie Mercury by the three remaining members of the band.

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Here is another tribute to Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark. Tesla and Def Leppard toured together.

 

"Song and Emotion" - Tesla

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR9bHkx7afk 

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Rock Me Amadeus - Falco    (The Link is to the American Mix)

 

Wolgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Rock Me Amadeus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdSLGhII1zE 

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Sally, Grand Funk Railroad

Written by guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner

about his then love interest, actress

Sally Kellerman

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Rosalinda’s Eyes, Billy Joel

Written for his Mother, Rosalind

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Back In Black - AC/DC

 

A declaration of their return, but also written as a tribute to Bonn Scott.

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Probably both a stretch and a repeat:

 

Oh! Carol:  Neil Sedaka (An ode to his former girlfriend Carole King).   He seems to have left off the “e” in Carole in the title.

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Song for Sam Cooke(Here in America)-Dion

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Knock Me Down - Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

Tribute to Hillel Slovak, one of the band's original members.

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Oh Sherrie, Steve Perry

Written for his then girlfriend, who also

appeared in the music video

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White Lightning - Def Leppard

 

Pays tribute to Guitarist Steve Clark

 

The band called him 'White Lightning' because of his quick movements on stage.

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Hello old friend, Eric Clapton

After scouring the internet and coming up

empty, I watched the video of this gem of

a song. In it are George Harrison, Dylan,

Jeff Lynne, Ginger Baker, Cream among

others. Lots of clips of George. My take is

its a tribute to all his friends 🎼💜

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Three Stars:  Tommy Dee  (a tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper)

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Man on the Moon - R.E.M.

 

Tribute to Andy Kaufman, the comedic actor who died in 1984. 

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Looking For An Echo:  Kenny Vance and the Planotones  This is a beautiful song, a nostalgic look at the (mainly) NYC doo-wop era in the 50's. The song mentions and pays tribute to the Moonglows, the Harptones and the Dells.

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XIX - Slipknot

Tribute to Bassist Shawn Crahan.

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Song to Woody:  Bob Dylan  (Dylan's homage to Woody Guthrie).

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Although I've never been a big fan, I remember:

Johnny Bye Bye - Bruce Springsteen

 

Tribute to Elvis Presley

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Speed King - Deep Purple 

 

Pays homage to Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Elvis as the originators of RnR. The working title was called Kneel and Pray!

 

 

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They Killed Him - Kris Kristofferson

 

The song is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Jesus Christ.

 

It has been performed by multiple artists.  One of the best renditions is by Dylan & The Dead:

Dylan & The Dead - They Killed Him Live 1987 

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Life is Real(Song for Lennon)-Queen 

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